NPFL: Shooting Stars Sports Club Defeats El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0


(VON)Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) on Wednesday in Ibadan beat El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri 1-0 in a 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 16 fixture.

3SC got the lone goal two minutes into the second half through Junior Merenini.

The win was the second for the Oluyole Warriors in their last 10 games, after the win over Rangers International in Ibadan last Wednesday.

Both teams had a good game, but the home team was better and only wasted several of their goal scoring chances.

These included a penalty kick lost by Sunday Faleye in the eighth minute of the game, after he was brought down inside the penalty area.

After the match, Coach Ladan Bosso of El-Kanemi Warriors lamented his players’ failure to convert their scoring chances to goals, adding that they were too wasteful in front of goal.

He said several chances were wasted, and this cost them total victory in Ibadan.

Bosso however promised they would continue to strive to stay comfortable on the league table.

“I must congratulate the 3SC. They deserve the win.

“As for my own side, I think there was a loss of concentration several times during the game. But we just need to go back and prepare for our next game.

“3SC were very consistent in the front and the midfield, but we got it wrong particularly in our finishing and that is why we found ourselves in this situation.

“We got chances upon chances after that goal against us, but my players were wasteful in front of goal, which would have got us a draw here,” he said.

Coach Fatai Amoo of 3SC, on his part, described the match as a tough one but thank God they were able to conquer their opponents.

“The game was very tough. We saw what we expected, but thank God we prepared because we knew that a team like El-Kanemi with its experienced coach and players would be tough.

“Luckily, I watched them when they played in Abia. I knew the game would be tough, but my players raised their game and we won.

“We will still continue to fight on to get the team to a comfortable place on the league table,” he said.


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